What We’re Reading Wednesday: Installment #4

23 Apr

What We're Reading WEDNESDAYS

Here’s our 4th installment of What We’re Reading Wednesday! Hope this gives you some great books to find at your library or buy for your home! To give you some encouragement, we’ve had a busy couple of weeks and not been able to read as much as I’d like or had hoped. And instead of beating myself up about it, I just realize…that’s reality! šŸ™‚ (See, I told you I don’t have it all together!!! šŸ™‚ ) Tomorrow is a new day, so we’ll start again then. Ā So, if you still have a pile of unread library books (like I do), give yourself grace and start again tomorrow. šŸ™‚

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Animalia (by Graeme Base)–This is a fabulous alphabet book filled with alliteration! The book goes through all 26 letters, selects an animal to correspond with each letter, and describes each animal with hilarious alliterative adjectives. If you are studying the alphabet, alliteration, or animals, this is a great book to jump into! I found it thanks to Honey For A Child’s Heart.

RRRalph (by Lois Ehlert)–This book was leftover from our ‘clearing the library bookshelves’ of Lois Ehlert’s books as mentioned in our last What We’re Reading Wednesday post. In classic Ehlert style, the book is filled with marvelous illustrations created and built out of the most imaginative pieces of “stuff” that you might find around your house. I read this to my 4 year old, and he asked me to read it to himĀ threeĀ times in a row.Ā šŸ™‚ Clearly, HE enjoyed this book!

The Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories and Fox in SocksĀ (by Dr. Seuss)–A faithful reader and friend, Lorie recommended that I look at the Bippolo Seed and Other Lost Stories, so I quickly snagged it at the library. It’s a fascinating book if you’re a Dr. Seuss fan. It’s filled with seven short stories written by Dr. Seuss that were published in the 1950s but virtually “lost.” If you’ve read all of Dr. Seuss’s books, you’ll enjoy this “new” one. As we were perusing the Dr. Seuss section of the library, I came across Fox in Socks and realized that we’d never read the book. We have enjoyed the silly, spit-all-over-each-other-as-we-read tongue twisters. Much like Animalia above, it’s filled with excellent examples of alliteration. The literary device of alliteration came up in our phonics curriculum this week, so it was great fun to connect what they learned in phonics with Fox in Socks and Animalia.

The Beginner’s Bible-This was on son #2’s reading list for school (thanks to Sonlight!). He’s enjoyed reading it, and I can hardly stop him from reading the day’s “assignment.”

The Case of the Two Masked Robbers (by Lillian Hoban)-I picked this up for son #2 at the library. He’s eager to read “big” books, so I was hoping he could read this and feel confident that he had read a “big” book. He read this with me and his 2 brothers, and we all enjoyed it.

The Mystery of the Wild West Bandit Ā (by Gertrude Chandler Warner)-If you’re read any of the previous What We’re Reading Wednesday posts, you’ll notice a theme–The Boxcar Children! My boys loveĀ Boxcar Children–no secret. In this book, Henry, Benny, Violet and Jessie attend a Wild West Festival and stumble upon a mystery.

Tippy LemmeyĀ (by Patricia C. McKissack)-My oldest son is reading this book about a neighborhood dog, Tippy Lemmey, that is giving the neighborhood childrenĀ fits.Ā The story is set in the United States during the years of the Korean War. My son’s eyes lit up when he read “war in Korea” since we had just been learning about the Korean War in Classical Conversations! This book is a great read for a kiddo who loves dogs.

Our current Audio Books selections have consisted of:Ā Grimm’s Fairy TalesĀ andĀ Andersen’s Fairy Tales. I’ve been writing a lot recently about how much we LOVE audio books. ( If you missed the previous 3 posts that were a part of my Friday Favorites series, you can read them here, here, and here.) I’ve decided to include audio books that we’re “reading” in my What We’re Reading Wednesday posts.

It’s Wednesday–what areĀ YOUĀ reading?!?! Please comment below! Can’t wait to discover great books from you, my fabulous readers!


5 Responses to “What We’re Reading Wednesday: Installment #4”

  1. Whitney April 23, 2014 at 10:27 pm #

    We are reading “Junket” by Anne H. White. It’s an old library book I remember reading at least three times when I was nine years old. Take a story about three city kids who move to the country, mix in a determined Airedale farm dog, add in Robert McCloskey’s timeless illustrations, and you’ve got a winner.

    • Suzanne Shares April 25, 2014 at 7:02 pm #

      Ooooooooooooh, this sounds like a great one! Robert McCloskey is probably my all time favorite children’s author (and illustrator!). I haven’t heard of Junket. We’ll have to check it out! šŸ™‚ Thanks for the recommendation!

  2. Carolyn Owens April 23, 2014 at 11:07 pm #

    I enjoy your post. Would like for Darlene,my daughter, to see it since she has Vitaliy, our 5 year old grandchild from Russia. She might get some ideas from your blog. Thanks, Carolyn Owens.

    Sent from my iPad


    • Suzanne Shares April 25, 2014 at 7:01 pm #

      Thanks for your comment, Mrs. Carolyn! Congratulations on your granddaughter! I would love for Darlene to read the post. Feel free to share the link with her. Hope that you and your family are well! šŸ™‚


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